Kevin D. Rome

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Kevin D. Rome
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16th President of Fisk University
Assumed office
July 1, 2017
Preceded byH. James Williams
19th President of Lincoln University
In office
June 1, 2013 – June 30, 2017
Preceded byCarolyn Mahoney
Succeeded byJerald Woolfolk
Personal details
Spouse(s)Stephanie Baker
Children1 son, 1 daughter
ResidenceNashville, Tennessee
Alma materMorehouse College
University of Georgia
University of Texas at Austin
ProfessionAcademic administrator
WebsiteOffice of the President

Kevin D. Rome Sr. (born c. 1966) is an African-American university administrator. He serves as the 16th president of Fisk University, a historically black university in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S. He was previously the president of Lincoln University from 2013 to 2017.

Early life[edit]

Kevin D. Rome was born circa 1966.[1] He was educated at the Spencer High School in Columbus, Georgia.[1] He graduated from Morehouse College,[2] where he earned a Bachelor's degree in English in 1989.[3] He earned a Master's degree of Education in College Student Personnel from the University of Georgia in 1991 and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin in 2001.[2][3]


Rome was assistant vice chancellor for student life and diversity at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, vice president for campus life at Clayton State University, and vice president for student services at Morehouse College.[2] He was also the vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at North Carolina Central University until 2013.[2]

Rome was the president of Lincoln University from 2013 to 2017.[2] During his tenure, he focused on rebranding the school and recruiting students from all over Missouri, especially "better-prepared students."[4] In November 2016, he urged students to focus on building careers and pursuing leadership positions instead of protesting.[3] He added, "Despite slavery, Jim Crow, oppression, isolation, exclusion--our ancestors had hope."[3] Rome succeeded Frank L. Sims as the 16th president of Fisk University in June 2017.[2][5]

Personal life[edit]

Rome is a lifetime member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. Rome has a wife, Stefanie Baker Rome, and twin children; son, Kevin and daughter Kendel.[4] "He met wife on a blind date in Los Angeles, where he traveled to be a contestant on TV game show "Wheel of Fortune" and won $5,000 in 2000."[1]


  1. ^ a b c Rice, Mark (July 28, 2013). "Spencer High graduate rises from Columbus public housing to college president". Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Fisk names new president". Nashville Post. March 23, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d Swisher, Kaija (November 8, 2016). "'Leading Beyond Anger'. Lincoln University president discusses action, commitment to making change". The Black Hills Pioneer. Spearfish, South Dakota. pp. 3, 9. Retrieved December 8, 2017 – via
  4. ^ a b King, Chris (June 12, 2014). "Rebranding Lincoln University". St. Louis American. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "Dr. Kevin D. Rome, Sr. Named 16th President of Fisk University". Fisk University. March 23, 2017. Retrieved December 8, 2017.